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People urged not to lose hope for democracy

HONG KONG (SE): The people of Hong Kong were urged not to lose hope and to keep fighting for democracy during a candlelight vigil outside the Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre where four leaders of the Umbrella Movement in 2014 (Occupy Central), who were convicted on public nuisance charges, were detained after their sentencing.
 

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Prayers as Umbrella Movement participants await court verdict

HONG KONG (SE): The Justice and Peace Commission, together with a few Protestant church groups, prayed the Way of the Cross as around 400 people processed from Causeway Bay to the Central Government Offices in Tamar Park on March 30, interceding for nine participants of the Umbrella Movement of 2014, as well as Hong Kong.
 

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Real democracy cannot be achieved in haste says Cardinal Zen

HONG KONG (SE): At the screening on December 30 of a documentary, Umbrella Diaries: The First Umbrella, about the Umbrella Movement, Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, the former bishop of Hong Kong, said people in the movement had already achieved something by showing their strong desire for real universal suffrage. However, he also urged them to have a strategy and not to expect a quick victory.
 
“Do not be impatient for a result, it is dangerous,” he said.
 

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Being young and Catholic at Occupy Central

HONG KONG (UCAN): Young Catholic people in Hong Kong and Taiwan have published a collection of shared experiences from the Occupy Central Movement in Hong Kong and the Sunflower Movement in Taiwan, both of which took place in 2014. 

Although not directly related with each other they served as mutual encouragement in the push to advance democracy.

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Anniversary Mass at Occupy epicentre

HONG KONG (SE): On the first anniversary of the launch of Occupy Central, a Mass was offered outside the government headquarters on the spot described as being the epicentre of the 79-day rally.

The Mass was celebrated on the same site at which people had gathered for the Eucharist on the opening day of the demonstration and then each Sunday during the 79-day sit-in.

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The indelible marks of Occupy Central

HONG KONG (SE): The 79-day sit-in, which was declared open by Benny Tai Yiu-ting after police tear gassed the throngs in the streets of Admiralty and Wan Chai on September 28 last year, occupied the main traffic arteries of Admiralty and Causeway Bay, causing disruption in the Central Business District.

Another group also occupied the intersection of Argyle Street and Nathan Road in Mong Kok, severely upsetting daily activities in the surrounding areas.

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There must be true dialogue on 
Hong Kong’s political polarisation

HONG KONG (SE): “The Church has no intention of making an intervention into the political affairs of Hong Kong,” Father Michael Yeung Ming-cheung said at a press conference held at the Diocese Centre on July 25 on a statement from the diocese on An Urgent Call for Earnest Dialogue and Responsible Action.

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